Vikings have had a bad press - but they still fascinate us

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Not a lot of people know that I’m descended from Viking stock – my surname apparently means ‘little hill’ in Danish.

So I was delighted to read that the British Museum is to mark the opening of a new £130m gallery with a Viking exhibition that will include the largest Norse warship ever found.

The 1,000-year-old oak ship, which would have carried 80 fearsome warriors, was hauled from the mud in a harbour near Copenhagen.

The Vikings have had a bad press over the years, what with all that pillaging, but we’re still fascinated by them and their culture.

I may be biased, but I reckon this exhibition could turn out to be as big a draw as the time back in the 1970s when Tutankhamun’s treasures went on show.